Origin: Early ModE, a rude fellow from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Dutch heiden, akin to Old English hæthen, heathen
- hoydenish adjective
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Origin: From earlier hoyden, a rude youth, probably from Dutch heiden, heathen, boor, from Middle Dutch; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.
- hoyˈden·ish adjective